GANSEVOORT, N.Y. - The Gallaudet University athletics program finished in sixth place out of 12 schools in the final 2018-19 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Presidents' Cup standings announced by the conference office today. The NEAC Presidents' Cup is calculated by a school's standings for athletic, academic, sportsmanship and community service success throughout the school year.
This is Gallaudet's highest ranking since it placed sixth in 2014-15, the first year for the new scoring system. The last time the NEAC had only 12 schools in the final Presidents' Cup was in 2013-14. The highest the Bison have placed all-time in the NEAC Presidents' Cup is fourth in 2010-11, GU's first season in the conference.
Gallaudet was third in the Faculty Athletic Representatives' Cup for academics, its highest mark in program history, as it jumped seven spots from last year's 10th place showing. The Bison were third in scholar-athlete percentage (38.06 percent) and fourth with a 3.08 student-athlete GPA. Lancaster Bible College won this cup with an average student-athlete GPA of 3.22 GPA average and had 99 of 201 student-athletes (49.25 percent) receive NEAC scholar-athlete honors.
Gallaudet was seventh in the Athletics Direct Reports' Cup for sportsmanship. Lancaster Bible College was first in this category as six of its teams were first in their respective sports including; men's cross country, men's and women's soccer, women's basketball, women's lacrosse and field hockey.
GU finished seventh in the Senior Woman Administrators' Cup for community service as Bison student-athletes logged 991 volunteer hours. Penn College took home the cup in this category with 2,225 hours of community service and over $4,000 raised for charities.
The Bison finished 11th overall in the Athletics Directors' Cup as they placed 10th overall in the men's standings and ninth in the women's standings. GU fielded six teams, last season, that competed on the women’s side (basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming, volleyball) and five on the men’s side (baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming). The Athletic Directors' Cup standings for men’s and women’s athletic success are determined by percentage and not total points earned because some schools don’t support all 18 sports sponsored by the conference. Keuka College won the Athletics Directors' Cup.
Lancaster Bible College won the NEAC Presidents' Cup with 10 points as it placed first in the Faculty Athletic Representatives' Cup and Athletics Direct Reports' Cup and finished in the top four in two other categories. This is Lancaster Bible's fourth NEAC Presidents' Cup since joining the conference and third straight. Keuka College finished second (12 points) followed by Penn College (19), Morrisville State College (20) and SUNY Poly (23.5) round out the top five.
This is the fifth year that the NEAC has determined its Presidents’ Cup winner by utilizing the core values of NCAA Division III. In addition to calculating athletics success, which was the only factor taken into consideration when awarding the conference’s Presidents’ Cup in the past, the NEAC now also takes into account academics, sportsmanship and community service.
Gallaudet's NEAC Presidents' Cup Standings
Note: Since 2014-15, the NEAC Presidents' Cup takes into account academics, sportsmanship and community service.
For more information about the NEAC please visit its website at www.neacsports.com.